Sam Cassell Jr., ready for trip to Louisville

Sam Cassell Jr., whose father Sam Sr., is a former NBA All-Star, will arrive in Louisville on Thursday afternoon for his official visit to the University of Louisville. Cassell is one of the top junior-college guards in the country. Cardinal Authority spoke with Cassell prior to leaving for his trip.

Sam Cassell Jr., has already made three official visits and will take his fourth – and final – visit beginning Thursday when he heads to the University of Louisville.

Cassell, whose father – Sam Sr. - is a former two-time NBA All-Star with three NBA championship rings, told Cardinal Authority prior to leaving for the U of L visit that he was "very excited" to check out the defending national champions.

"I'm just wanting to see if I can fit in and play right away," the younger Cassell said. "I want to see what it's like and see if I can get a feel for the guys that I might play with in the future. I just want to see what it's all about."

The 6-foot-4 Cassell, who attends Marianna, Fla., Chipola College, said U of L coaches watched him this summer when they were recruiting his teammate – Florida State commit Cinmeon Bowers.

Cassell has also visited Missouri, Marquette and Connecticut.

"It's going to be a very hard decision," Cassell said. "I have four good schools. Everybody tells me that any decision I make, I will make a god choice."

While his father won't be on the trip to Louisville with him, the younger Cassell said his father is "very involved" in the decision-making process. He also said his father "has known" U of L coach Rick Pitino and has chatted with him.

"My father was at Florida State and coach Pitino was coaching at Kentucky and they played Florida State," Cassell said. "He's been helping me through this. The first time I went through the recruitment, I took over. But this time (his father) his helping me through the process."

Cassell said being the defending national champions is "always a big plus," and noted the move to the ACC for U of L could be a big factor.

"I like that a lot," he said. "The ACC, to me, is going to be the best conference there is in college basketball next year."

Cassell is from Baltimore, Md., and currently plays at Chipola for Patrick Blake, a former manager at U of L under Pitino.

Cassell originally committed to Maryland but was ruled ineligible last September after spending a year at Notre Dame Prep School in Fitchburg, Mass. Several players from Notre Dame Prep had NCAA issues, but Cassell eventually ended up at Chipola.

Cassell will have three years of eligibility remaining at a Division I college.

His father was a standout played at Florida State and a first round NBA Draft pick in 1993. He spent 15 years in the NBA, was an All-Star in 2004 and scored more than 15,000 career points.

Cassell Sr., is now an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards after winning three NBA titles as a player.

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